Mr Jacek Palkiewicz Ph. D., an Italo-Polish explorer, reporter, traveler, discoverer of the true source of Amazon river, for over 40 years travels throughout the world. He is a well known authority in art of survivale of which he is a trainer and also a creator of the first school of survival in Europe. Together with his wife Linda Vernola who is a painter, live in Bassano Del Grappa near Venice and in Warsaw.
Jacek graduated in Geographical Sciences and was made a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London by recommendation Thora Heyerdahla, in 1994. He has visited all geographical zones and inaccessible small corners of our planet searching and documenting the last primitive ethnic minorities, frequently traveling in the style of a nineteenth century discover.
One of the first challenges he undertook was in 1975, crossing the Atlantic alone in a lifeboat. His experience from this achievement was used by researchers from NASA interested problematic of human isolation and limits of human endurance in extreme stress and conditions. In 1989 he led an expedition “The Cool Pole” (Yakutsk-Oymiakon, 1.200 km) to the coldest place in Siberia (-71,2°C) with only a reindeer sledge, followed by the 1994 Cosmonaut’s Ecological Mission in Siberia, under the patronage of President Boris Eltsin.
Jacek founded the art of survival in Europe, constantly in search of finding the ultimate limits under extreme conditions of nature. Over the years he has been a Consultant to the Russian Cosmonauts Training Centre and trained top Counter-Terrorist Troops and army special forces from all over the world in extreme conditions in various climatic zones.
In Italy a movie was made about Jacek Palkiewicz school of survival called “Uomini duri” (Tought guys).
In 1996 he led the amazing scientific expedition “Amazon Source ’96”, which established the actual source of the river Amazon (the Apacheta stream flows from the Nevado Quehuisha, altitude 5.170 m a.sl.). This discovery was accepted by Lima’s Geographic Society and is now certified that the river is the longest in the world (7,040 km). In 2011 the Peruvian Government placed a monument with a commemorative plate on the Source of the Amazon River.
In 2003, by decree from the president of the Italian Republic, Jacek Palkiewicz was bestowed with the Official Honours of the Order of Knighthood in recognition of his contribution to the Italian Republic. In 2010 he was awarded with the Golden Cross “Pro Ecclesia et Pontefice” by Pope Benedict XVI.
Having written many books documenting his adventures, he is the author of more than 40 books publications, publishing his reportages in many prestigious European magazines. More recently, he was made Ambassador of the Masurian Lake District (in Poland) for the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” competition, where Masuria was ranked most beautiful natural place in Europe and between the 8th – 14th position out of 440 competitors in the World.
In 2013 he reminded of a notable polish national heritage past the Ural Mountains with his expedition “On the trails of polish researchers of Siberia 2013”. In 2015 he was awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for “outstanding achievements in research, for praising Poland around the world.”
For more then 10 years he worked in Sette (Italian magazine, illustrated Corriere della Sera). He publishes his reportages in many European newspapers and magazines. In Poland you can read his work mainly in Rzeczpospolita newspaper.
His life achievements and adventures are summarized in the biography “Palkiewicz, droga odkrywcy” (Palkiewicz, a path of the explorer) by Andrzej Kaplanek.